Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2005– The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Graham Mink from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and assigned forward Jakub Klepis to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
Mink, 26, leads Hershey and ranks tied for third in the AHL with 14 goals in 22 games this season. The 6’3”, 220-pound forward stands second on the team and tied for 22nd in the league with 21 points. He will wear No. 39 with the Capitals.
Signed by the Capitals as a free agent on April 9, 2002, Mink made his NHL debut and played in two games in 2003-04. A native of Stowe, Vt., and former star for the University of Vermont, Mink has had at least 17 goals and 34 points in each of the last four AHL seasons.
Recalled from Hershey on Nov. 4, Klepis made his NHL debut that night against Atlanta and scored his first career goal. He added an assist in the very next game and totaled a goal and two assists while playing in each of the last 13 games. A 6’1”, 206-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, Klepis had a goal and six assists (seven points) in 10 games for Hershey prior to his recall.